The Monashee Unit Crew pictured in a 2010 file photo. Some members of the crew have changed since this image was taken.

The Monashee Unit Crew pictured in a 2010 file photo. Some members of the crew have changed since this image was taken.

Revelstoke’s Monashee Unit Crew dispatched to Slave Lake wildfire

Revelstoke-based forest firefighters are on their way to Slave Lake, Alberta to battle wildfires that have devastated the small northern Alberta town.

Revelstoke-based forest firefighters are on their way to Slave Lake, Alberta to battle wildfires that have devastated the small northern Alberta town.

B.C. Wildfire Management Branch fire information officer Karlie Shaughnessy reported the Monsashee Unit Crew is either at a staging area in Hinton, Alberta or on scene in Slave Lake after being dispatched yesterday.

There are two twenty-person unit crews based in Revelstoke – the Monashee and the Columbia. This is in addition to initial attack crews and other officers and personnel.

In addition to the Monashee, two other unit crews from the Southeast Fire Centre in B.C. have been dispatched, including the Arrow Zone unit crew from near Castlegar and another unit crew comprised of a blend of firefighters from across the region.

Once in Alberta, the personnel will be deployed by fire commanders from that province.